House - Entire home/apt · Rua Almirante Alexandrino, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 20241-263, Brazil
Your host, Axel
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2014 WORLD CUP : my house is already full but I have neighboors interested in renting their places : contact me for further détails and have a look to the annonce called "WORLD CUP WITH LOCALS & GREAT VIEW" on my profile, you will see the pics and prices.


FULL HOUSE AVAILABLE with 2 BEDROOMS and a nice Garden, up to 6 people, with A WONDERFUL view on the Sugar Loaf !

1 room for 2 people : 170 reais per night
the full equipped house : 300 reais per night (=100euros, 140USD)

If you want to live something different and more authentic than classical hotels during your stay in Rio : be welcome at "Casa 48" in Santa Teresa for a unique relationship with the Sugar Loaf...

It is located in the lovely and bohemian district of Santa Teresa, next to Lapa and the city centre. Santa Teresa is an amzing district for carnival as there are a lot of Blocos Parties.

The house is situated at the beginning of a small and safe favela. On the second floor is the rest of CASA 48, where I am used to receive people for 2 years now you can see my annonce on airbnb : www.airbnb.com.br/rooms/76300

The highlight of my place is definitively the w o n d e r f u l view that you will enjoy from the living room and the terrace. There is always something happening with this view and it has always a different face, thanks to the game of the sun, the clouds, the ships and sailing boats on the Bay, the birds, the Toucans passing by, the sunrise or moon rise, the kites of the kids of the favela, the fireworks during the football games... you can stay hours and hours in front of it, just enjoying. Like I have been doing for 3 years now.

The other "+" of Casa 48
our objective is to get you in touch with the real Carioca way of life and to make you discover the city in a alternative way : we give you tips to enjoy nice walks through the city, good popular restaurants, Roda de Samba party, Forro dancing, hidden muséums etc. And Santa Teresa is the perfect place if you want to feel the heart of the city because it is close to the authentic Rio : the city centre, Lapa... What we mean is that we are not going to send you to the classical Irish pub in Copacabana

There are 2 rooms with double bed, in the bigger one we can put an extra bed if needed.

The Casa 48 is located in the upper part of Santa Teresa, in a small, quiet and safe favela. Please do not think that a favela is a slum and that it is dangerous. You are more than welcome in my house so you can change your mind if you have some bad stereotypes about the favelas. Moreover, people are very nice and warm, there is a very friendly atmosphere.

LARGO DO GUIMARAES : 15min walking. It is the very heart of the district where you find popular restaurants and bars, cinema...

LAPA Night Life district : 10 min by bus number 006 or 007,
Van all night long to get home.

there are 2 access : or from Santa Teresa and Lapa by bus, or climbing up the hill by foot from Laranjeiras district

closest metro station :
* Largo do Machado, you reach it by foot, 20min walking
* Carioca, you reach by f bus, 15min ride from the house

COPACABANA / IPANEMA beaches : 30/40min, by bus or by metro

MARACANA FOOTBALL STADIUM : 30min by bus + metro

Supermarkets :
there is a little supermarket inside the favela, 60meters from the house for you basic needs (included cold beers...) open until 22h.
medium supermarket 7min walking
big one 10min walking

Santa Teresa used to be the richest district of Rio, that's why there are wonderful houses from last century, with Portuguese and French architecture. It is known to be the Artistic neighbor of Rio ; indeed there are a lot of cultural events organized by the local people.
As it is on a hill in the center of the city, you will enjoy amazing views on the whole city, whether it is the North Part (Maracana, Sambodromo...) or the South Part (Sugar Loaf, Guanabara Bay...). And Santa Teresa is the beginning of the Tijuca forest, it is full of nature and Brazilian vegetation.
It is a kind a village inside the huge city, everybody know each other, it is peaceful and quiet, there are popular bars and restaurants, you will find here a very unique spirit.

WARNING : the "Bonde", the yellow old-fashioned and famous tram, is not running anymore due to a tragic accident occurred in august 2011. But it will be back, one day...
My house is NOT the "pousada favelinha", this Hostel is closed to my house but there are not the same.

I am a 29 years-old french guy in love with Rio for 4 years.
I am now an official Tour Guide in Rio and it'll be a pleasure for me to give you my good plans, for you to enjoy the best of Rio, by day and by night... I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. You can rely on me to explain how is working the carnival and how to get tickets if you need.

Main rule at Casa 48 : DRUGS ARE PROHIBITED

Full house is 300reais per night up to 5 people

2014 CARNIVAL : 900reais per night, 5 nights minimum

one room for 2 persons is 170 reais

please contact me if you need further information.

any question ? feel free to ask!

Um grande abraço !


Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $702 /week
Monthly Price: $2245 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
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  • I stayed four days at Axel's with a bunch of friends for 2014 new year's eve. The favela might be a bit harsh to climb but the view from the terrace of the house is totally worth it!! Axel was really nice with us, explained everything we wanted to know about Rio. I highly recommend the experience of the favela. People there are very nice and generous (even if the music of neighbours might be a bit loud sometimes!!). We never felt unsafe. and loved to discover the city from a different point of view. We stayed in the small house (Casa 48 b). It is a bit small and not so well equipped, but it was fine for us. Thank you Axel for everything!! You're welcome anytime in Sao Paulo!!

    January 2014
  • We stayed at Axel's place for 7 nights - we are a couple with two teenagers and a 6 year old. The place was perfect for us. The house is actually at the beginning of a favela, but one of the better off favelas. We never felt unsafe, and we felt we were in good hands with Axel who was always available when we needed him. The view truly was magnificent. If you wake up at 6 am, you get to see the most gorgeous sunrise. The rooms were basic, but comfortable. Everything worked -- toilets, lights, fans, internet. There was fresh coffee, fresh bread and fruit every morning. The Casa is a short walk down to Santa Teresa which was our favorite neighborhood of all of Rio's neighborhoods -- laid back, less touristy, more artsy, very pretty. We even enjoyed midnight mass on Christmas Eve at the little church next to the favela. There was a stream of interesting French guests of Axel we enjoyed talking to. Axel (email hidden), and gave us excellent advice on what to do and see in Rio. He arranged a hang gliding adventure for us, took us on a walk through a large favela, arranged cars and taxis for us when we needed. There were two drawbacks: first, for some reason, cabbies just don't like bringing passengers back to this area; and second, the favela got quite noisy most nights with loud music. Neither of these negatives were obstructions to a wonderful stay.

    December 2013
  • We stayed on the top floor of Axels apartment and boy was it an incredible experience! Not only are the views absolutely breathtaking but the whole energy of the apartment is wonderful! Axel was lovely before and during our stay and it was a real pleasure to meet him! He and the other housemates were incredibly warm and accomodating! Santa teresa is a special special neighbourhood and Axel gave us great tips of how to make the most of our stay. Dont bother staying anywhere else in Rio! Thanks Axel for everything! Love from London xxxx

    August 2013
  • 10 years since my last trip to Brazil and I was looking for a more 'characteristic' point of arrival than an anonymous hotel.Axel's place certainly offers this and the view is truly spectacular.
    If you're looking for 'posh' it´s the wrong place.
    But if you want to be in the midst of a genuine Brazilian reality, near the charm of Santa Teresa, with super friendly host and a jaw-dropping view over Rio, then Axel´s house is the perfect choice. Thank you!

    August 2013
  • I've just left Axel house and it was very sad. Be prepared to find good friends there! Axel himself is very helpful and always tries to give you tips and things you could need during yur stay. My room was a bit small, but it wasn't what mattered to me. Staying at Axel's means informal relationships, sense of adaptation and being part of a small community of young, open minded travellers. It was a blast for me. The amazing view is as you see it in the pictures. Santa Teresa is a small bairro located up on a hill...so you're not very close to beaches (30 min ride by bus)...but, believe me, it is charming. there is a small essai cinema, many good places to eat 10 minutes from the house, bars and nightlife in santa teresa. You are next to the favela but, as Axel says, a favela is NOT a slum. People are kind and always greet you and make you feel as you are part of the community. The house is very safe. Nothing happened during my stay. And it really gives you another prospective of Rio. Are you ready? ;)

    July 2013
  • Axel's place is a real gem

    - located in Santa Teresa, a quiet neighborhood on a hill, surrounded by the city center and the nightlife district (Lappa), and within a 30 min bus to the famous beaches. As Santa Teresa used to be a dangerous favela (but no longer is due to strict and serious gov interventions), it offers a very interesting perspective, in addition to the nice community feel. Staying here will definitively offer a more complete experience, something impossible to see I you're staying in Copacabana or Ipanema, for example.
    - we were 5 on the floor we rented and we were very happy with how spacious it was, including a simple but full kitchen, a huge living room, two bedrooms and bathrooms, and of course, that magnificent balcony with a million dollar view over rio.
    - the French people living on the floor below (students in rio) are young, friendly, fun, and knowledgeable about Rio customs, activities, and nightlife. Their advice made our time in rio so much better, a priceless intangible. They welcomed us very well with lots of information, as Axel had just left on vacation.
    - pictures posted are perfectly accurate

    - wifi is slow, unreliable, and frustrating. To be fair, I have no idea if that's a rio thing, or something pertaining to the household itself
    - water in the shower is lukewarm at best

    May 2013
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Hye ! I am 29 years old, I am french and I have been living in Rio for 4 years, I am now an official tourist guide. I love to share my passion of the cidade maravilhosa ! Casa 48 is also from Raphaël, a very good friend living in Paris, he is arquitect and comes often to Rio to improve the house's comfort and to enjoy Rio. Amis français/belges/suisses : vous avez pu voir la Casa 48 sur THALASSA le vendredi 14 juin ! Até logo, a gente se fala !
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